Reading is Smart (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Dan Hurley is an author. He writes best-selling books about science, and he writes popular stories for the world's most prestigious newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Wired Magazine. In a word, he is a big success. But... Read more
The Best Things
The following is a summary of a famous quote from Steve Jobs. Usually, people remember the part “Great artists steal.” But this is really about how to make “the best things.” It also shows how Steve Jobs blended the arts and sciences. Simple Version ReadOasis Step 1 It comes... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason 1 — Ease & Enjoyment
The famous professor of Psychology, B.F. Skinner said, “We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love for reading”. I’m Joseph Poulshock, PhD., and I am asking the question, “Why read big?”  Reason number is because of “Ease and Enjoyment”. To learn English, to learn a foreign language... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason 2 — Big Reading Works!
Time Magazine asked the famous businessman, Bill Gates if he thought reading helped him become more successful. And he said, “Yes absolutely! Every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently.” My name is Joseph Poulshock aka Dr. Shock, and I’m asking the question, “Why Read... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason 3 — Reading Brings Community!
Keeping Community in a Time of Social Distancing My office was moved to Tokyo. To unpack and set up the space, I had to go downtown. I didn’t want to take a crowded train, so I drove my car.  To have less contact with people, I bought lunch and... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason 4 —  The Best Way to Improve How You Learn and Teach
The world famous linguist Paul Nation says that big reading works as the most important improvement that a teacher can make in a language course.  My name is Joseph Poulshock, PhD. and I am asking the question, “Why Read Big?”  Well for reason number 4, the answer is because... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason 5 — Simplicity
Why Read Big? Reason 6 — Speed!
Photo Art: Light (3 in a Series)
ReadOasis Step 2 It was a grey and cloudy day. But now, the setting sun shines kindly from below the clouds. For a few moments, the flowers and faces around you glow. The light is soft, warm, and gentle. It is an ideal time of day for taking pictures.... Read more
Is That a Fish in Your Ear
Book Trailer by David Bellos ReadOasis Step 5 Um, Well, different languages have words for mostly similar kinds of things. I mean, because we're all human, you know, we have words for legs, and arms, and hands. And we have words for up and down. And we have words... Read more
The Science of Good (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) President Clinton stood in front of the microphone. He took a breath and swallowed. Then he began his apology. He was not apologizing for being with another woman. Not yet. And he was not apologizing for a personal failure. Not this time. He was... Read more
The Prince, Love, and the Clock
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Prince Michael sat on his favorite bench in the park. The September night was nice and cool. It made him feel more alive. The benches were not filled. Most people are quick to stay home when the autumn weather becomes cool.... Read more
Music as Medicine
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) You are watching TV. On the screen, you see the two strong hands of a man. In his left hand, he holds a book of matches. In his right hand, he holds a single match. With his right hand, he strikes the match on... Read more
The 5 Minute Drill
ReadOasis Step 3 Creative Commons Photo by William Warby How can teachers help students read more and feel more like reading. Try the five minute drill! This activity helps readers avoid procrastination and kickstart their reading behavior. Readers act as if they are interested and motivated to read by... Read more
The Last Gift
By Hans Christian Andersen ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) There was once a rich, happy family, who were all gathered together. The master, the servants, and friends of the family were full of joy. On this day a son was born, and mother and child were doing well. The... Read more
Driving Motivation (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 Doctor Harlow made a game. On a box, he put a lock. To open the box, you had to open the lock. When the game was ready, Harlow didn't give it to children. He gave it to monkeys. Then he watched what happened. Within days, the... Read more
Experience a Renaissance
ReadOasis Step 3 The word renaissance means "rebirth." In history, the Renaissance refers to the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries in Europe. We call the period before this the Middle Ages. In the Renaissance, people changed the focus of their learning. They took serious interest in the cultural achievements... Read more
The Rabbit: A Traditional Story (Step 3)
With special thanks to storyteller Hugh Lupton ReadOasis Step 3 In the southern territory of Oregon, near the majestic Lake of the Woods, young John Jones was wandering through the forest. As he wandered, he calmly breathed in the fresh air and gazed upon the grand, green trees. Then... Read more
The Post-Truth World
ReadOasis Step 2 In November 2016, Donald Trump wrote some strange words on Twitter. He said that "millions of people... voted illegally." He meant that millions voted for Hillary Clinton. But they were not registered to vote, or they were not Americans. Why are these words strange? They are... Read more
The Smartest Dog in the World (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Dr. John Pilley felt miserable. For many years, he worked with Yasha. He worked with Yasha as a scientist, but they were also best friends. As time passed, Yasha became very ill. Dr. Pilley tried to help Yasha, but Yasha didn't get better. Then it happened.... Read more